So, yesterday, I posted a strange video of The Temptations singing a medley of songs from Fiddler on the Roof. I figured that we might as well continue the theme of odd performances from Fiddler, a show that seems to lend itself to such things. (After all, previously we had the All Lego version and a wedding breakout number.)
This, though, is actually a perfectly normal production -- just not the kind you'd generally expect to see. It's from a Japanese production of the show. Not the original production, though a major revival, which they also broadcast live on television.
One of the reasons for Fiddler on the Roof's renown success for half a century has been the universality of its story, even when that universality might not be apparent. However, when the show first opened in Japan to great acclaim, I remember reading that the Japanese press were almost surprised that it had been written in America about Jews because the story of the Diaspora was "so Japanese"
There are several numbers to choose from, but I thought we'd go with this one, "To Life." Or as they call it in Japanese...oh, I have no idea.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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